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and john mccain, the man who wanted watergate style hearings, meet. and only cnn catches up with mccain before the big meeting. >> what do you have to learn today from miss rice? >> whatever ambassador rice wants to tell me. she's the one who asked for the meeting. i didn't. >> wouldn't you like to be a fly on the wall? >>> spyfall, real-life bond movie. yasser arafat's body was exhumed. was the palestinian leader po h poisoned by israeli spies? >>> plus this. >> you said walden is in trouble. >> i'm the trouble walden has been in, repeatedly. >> he calls it filth, the half in "two and a half men" begs you not to watch his show. "newsroom" starts now. >>> good morning to you. thank you so much for being with us. i'm carol costello. we begin with a high stakes meeting just minutes from now. this hour, the u.s. ambassador to the united nations will muster all of her diplomatic skills and tiptoe through a political mine field. susan rice meets with republican senator john mccain. as you know, mccain had vehemently opposed her nomination of secretary of state. now he shows signs of softeni
today. all because senator john mccain just signaled he's open to talking things over with one of the top contenders for the job, the u.n. ambassador susan rice. dan lothian's noticed the change in tone. dan's joining us now with more. what's the latest on the successor for hillary clinton, dan? >> reporter: that's right. this is senator, john mccain, who had been working to discredit ambassador rice, had been digging in on this, criticizing her, prompting the president at his news conference to say, if they wanted to go after anyone, they should go after him. now there's a noticeable shift and senator mccain says he's ready to listen. from threat tong block her possible nomination to south korea south korea to a willingness to hear her out, senator john mccain seems to be dialing back his public opposition to ambassador susan rice. >> i think she deserves the ability and the opportunity to explain herself and her position. >> reporter: another vocal critic, senator lindsey graham, is still expressing doubts about her but avoided answering whether he would still stand in the wa
lindsey graham, kelly ayotte and -- >> they were upset. john mccain over the weekend. >> john mccain backed up. >> so it's really cool when she said i'm sorry. >> she did the brave thing and went right in there and said i want to -- >> how did that work. >> and talked about her initial account of the attack and explained to them she was relying on faulty intelligence and talking points from the intelligence community. >> they said? >> they said, you know what, we still don't get it. >> throw the video. >> we are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn't get. it is clear that the information that she gave the american people was incorrect. >> bottom line, i'm more disturbed now than i was before. >> if you don't know what happened just say you don't know what happened. people can push you to give explanations and i want to say -- >> i'm more troubled today knowing having met with the acting director of the cia and ambassador rice. clearly the impression that was given, the information given to the american people was wrong, in fact, ambassador r
closed doors with three of her most vocal critics, republican senator john mccain, kelly ayotte and lindsey graham talking behind closed doors to discuss classified material. the acting director of the cia, mike morel, is helping her answer questions and will accompany her to other meetings on the hill this week. an aide to mccain tells cbs news that rice requested this meeting last week and it could be decisive. if she answers mccain's questions to his satisfaction, he says he would support her nomination. >> margaret, what do you think those questions will be from the senators that they want answered? >> reporter: charlie, there are a lot of them. specifically senator mccain has said he wants ambassador rice to explain why she did not mention that within 24 hours of the assault in benghazi that the intelligence community knew that there were links to al qaeda. as you remember, in five different television appearances, she said there was no evidence that the attack was preplanned. now senator mccain has said she misled the public. ambassador rice says she
critics on capitol hill face to face. meeting with senator graham and john mccain and our own kelley wright live with more. kelley, this is an amazing development. it is my understanding that she requested the development. >> she did. they talked about since they were did that they were honored to meet with her. susan rice is the front runner for being nominated as the new secretary of state . that could be the reason why. if so she would need to be confirmed by lawmakers. republicans are outraged over the comments rice made in the u.s. consulate in benghazi. that could be problematic. >> initially it was a spontanous reaction to what transspired in carey as a consequence of the video. >> that explanation continues to dodge rice. senator mccain said rice failed to get the facts straight. >> don't we all have a responsibility before we go out and talk to the american people and all five sunday morning shows for verifying that the facts were true. there is classified information that she had access to that contradicted that. and said al-qaida was decimated along with bin laden being ki
's showing interest in becoming the next secretary of state. one of those she met with with senator john mccain who spoke to the media after his meeting with her this morning. here's what he and other senators had to say about ambassador rice. >> senator graham and i and others -- had a very candid discussion with ambassador rice, and director of the cia. significantly troubled by -- [inaudible] evidence leading up to the attack on our consulate. tried to suggest -- [inaudible] and whether ambassador rice was prepared sufficiently in order to give the american people correctly the depiction -- [inaudible] it's clear the information she gave the american people was incorrect your she said it was a spontaneous demonstration triggered by -- it was not. there was compelling evidence at the time that that was certainly not the case, including statements by libyans as well as other americans who are fully aware people don't bring rocket propelled grenades to spontaneous events. [inaudible] >> bottom line, i'm more concerned now than it was before that the explanation of a how the four americans died
john mccain noted that morsi helped to stop the fighting between gaza and israel and suggested that u.s. aid to egypt now could be in jep jeopardy. we broker add cease-fire which is incredibly fragile, but this is not acceptable, not what the american taxpayers expect and our dollars will be directly related to the progress towards democracy. >> mccain says the u.s. could as marshal world public opinion against morsi, harris. >> harris: what about the democrats and their tone? it seems they were kind of going back and forth on their reaction. >> everyone is anxious to see what happens next and they're waiting to see, bun democratic congressman stressed the importance of patience and diplomacy. we're going to go in there and bully them into doing the right thing, why diplomacy is so important here and the way we do it is so important. we have to try to influence behind the scenes. >> and the egyps stock markets are going to dive in the wake of this, dropping nearly ten parents, harris. >> harris: thank you very much. fox confirming republican peter king will step down as part of the ho
. rice will sit down with senators john mccain, lindsey graham, and kelly ayott. in recent days, senator mccain has softened his criticism as rice insists that she was relying on talking points from the intelligence community. last night, senator graham rejecting her defense but says he's open to today's meeting. >> she asked to meet with us and now we'll listen to what she has to say about her role in benghazi. the more i know about benghazi, the more upset i am that the consulate was even open on september 11th. when you look at the history and the reporting coming out of libya about the dangers, it should never have been open or heavily reinforced. after the attack, i think the story we were told about a spontaneous event caused by video where a mob turned into a riot is less credible than ever. >> she reportedly called the meeting. seems like a smart move. what do you think? >> well, i think it's a smart move for john mccain to take the meeting. they're boxed in. this is not a fight they want right now. it was a stupid fight to pick. they put themselves into a corner and now they've
mccain, gramm and ayat. senator mccain told reporters the information she gave the american people was incorrect, but a spontaneous demonstration triggered by hateful video. it was not and there was compelling evidence that the time that was certainly not the case. the house transportation and infrastructure committee is holding at hearing on amtrak's restructuring plans. the committee will hear from the inspector general and amtrak's president and representative from the united transportation union live at 10:00 eastern on our companion network c-span. [applause] >> last night secretary of state condoleezza rice and chancellor of the new york city public schools joel kline had a somewhat on education reform in washington examining america's education system and the impact on national security. council on foreign relations moderates the discussion, about an hour. >> welcome to this evening, broadcast of morning joe. the energy in this room is a real testament to two things. one is how the education reform has ripened, a combination of meade, the talent we see in this room has coale
. senators john mccain, lindsey graham and kelly ayotte say they're even more troubled now after meeting with ambassador rice. the attack on libya on september 11 killed the u.s. ambassador, cries stevens and three other americans. five days later, ambassador rice went on the sunday talk shows and said u.s. officials believed it was a spontaneous reaction to protest over an anti-islam video. not a preplanned terrorist attack. first the controversy was over whether the white house made the change in the talking points. but that's past because intelligence officials say they gave ambassador rice those talking points. today senator graham called the information disconnected from reality. >> not only is the information bad and i'm more convinced than ever that it was bad, it was unjustified to give the scenario as presented by ambassador rice and president obama three weeks before an election. >> shepard: rice said while we wish we had had perfect information, just days after the terrorist attack, as is often the case, the intelligence assessment has evolved. neither i nor anyone else in the
on capitol hill. u.n. ambassador susan rice met with three top republicans about libya. jenna: john mccain, lindsey graham, and kelly ayotte criticized explanations rice given in the past and obviously today and on the attack in benghazi the meeting doesn't appear to help smooth away for rice's widely anticipated nomination as secretary of state. here is senator ayotte moments ago ago. >> when you have a position where your ambassador to the united nations you go well beyond unclassified talking points in your daily preparations and responsibilities for that job and that is troubling to me. jenna: kelly wright, live in washington with more. kelly, the three senators just held the news briefing which we played a little bit from kelly ayotte. tell us generally what was their response? what sort of reaction they had to what they heard inside that closed-door meeting? >> reporter: let's stay on focus on that because that is really telling. each senator saw the tone being stunned by the information they heard in this closed-door meeting with u.n. ambassador susan rice. they are significantly tr
is at one of the largest political firms. since running the mccain campaign in 2008 he has been on campaigns around the world. and you saw him during the 2012 u.s. campaign. he was campaign manager for the landslide reelection of california governor in 2006. before that a top political advice sor in the white house of george w. bush. he attended the university of delaware from 1988 to 1993. david plouffe crossed paths in schmidt in the late 1980's. he completed his political seasons degree and finned two years ago. he has completed two presidential bids. he was appointed as a senior advice sor to the president in the white house in 2011. he attended is the marks high school before serving in a wide viret of state and national political campaigns. i'm going to ask the two speakers this evening to speak and i had to decide who is going to go first and i decided to use a standard that anyone this this audience could mean and that is whoever has won the most recent presidential election gets to speak first. i think that's the fair enough thing to do so please welcome david plouffe and steve schm
of her most outspoken critics, republican senators john mccain, lindsey graham, and kelly ayotte to set the record straight. rice had gone on five sunday talk shows days after the attack and called it a spontaneous demonstration sparked by an antimuslim film and did not mention the link to al qaeda. after all this taking on her critics, the republican senators weren't impressed. >> bottom line, i'm more dist b disturbed now than i was before that the 16 september explanation about how four americans died in benghazi, libya, by ambassador rice, i think does not do justice to the reality at the time and in hindsight clearly was completely wrong. >> rice maintains she did nothing wrong. issuing a statement saying we stressed that neither i nor anyone else in the administration intended to mislead the american people at any stage of this process. peter brooks is a former deputy assistant secretary of defense, general wesly clark and, of course, former democratic presidential candidate. senator mccain was asked who do you blame more at this point? ambassador rice or president obama? he says
of power. >> brian: senator mccain says hey, obama, you got to condemn this guy. listen. >> this is not what the united states of america taxpayers expect and our dollars will be directly related to the progress towards democracy, which you promised the people of egypt when your party and you were elected president. stop. stop renown the statement and the move that he just made. allow the judiciary to function. if the judiciary is flawed in some way, then that is an illness that can be cured over time of the but absolutely to assume this kind of power is unacceptable to the united states of america. and then we can outline what actions might be taken. but first condemn it. >> brian: morsi's quote, god made me captain of the ship. >> steve: al he was referred to as the new pharaoh. an hour ago, the white house released a statement if the congress fails to extend the tax cuts. >> i'm holding the report in my hand. president obama recently stated the middle class should not be held hostage while congress debates tax cuts for the wealthy. he wants congress to agree on keepin
with egypt's highest judicial body. >>> john mccain seems to be softening his stance on susan rice. last week, the arizona senator vowed to do everything in his power to block rice's potential nomination to be secretary of state. blasting her for telling americans the september attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi was spontaneous and triggered by an anti-islam video. but now, mccain is dialing it back. >> i give everyone the benefit of explaining their position, and the actions that they took. i'll be glad to have the opportunity to discuss these issues with her. >> rice claims everything she said in the aftermath of the benghazi attack was based on information provided by u.s. intelligence agencies. >>> noted civil rights activist warren guyot. he led a black voter registration drive during mississippi's freedom summer of 1964. he had a history of heart problems. he was 73. >> and check out this truck, barely hanging on to an overpass. look at that by its two back tires. here's the story. police in beaverton, oregon, say the driver, 38-year-old matthew hamilton, had a blood alcohol level
but watch these comments by senator graham, senator mccain. they look to be wanting more accountability than anything else. >> you know, tough hearing perhaps but ed, you may have written what john heilemann writes. he says, as a rule, your columnist avoids predictions but in the spirit of holiday inn dull generals, lee make an exception here. not only will obama appoint rice to succeed clinton, but she will be confirmed. what do you think? do you agree? >> well, he's a columnist and i'm a reporter. i don't do predictions either way. lee say this. if you look at the senate, democrats have 55 votes. you need 60 votes to proceed. you need to five republicans willing to debate her confirmation and may inevitably vote against it. they have done this a few time where they proceed to a bill, they avoid a filibuster and then vote against it. in this case can all they need to do is find enough republicans that say, look, the president has enough to confirm whoever they want and i'll inevitably vote no. it could happen. the fact that mccain has now backed off a little bit and said i'm willing to meet
. no amendments in committee. no amendments on the floor. the majority leader made this clear to senator mccain in a remarkable moment of candor when he bragged that -- quote -- "the amendment days are over." end quote. es a preferred to right -- he's preferred to write legislation in the confines of his room rather than in the public eye, as he did most famously with the drafting of obamacare. and i say to everyone, if he want more legislation around here crafted that way, the way that bill was crafted, then you ought to be pretty enthusiastic about what the majority leader is proposing. because that's where this is headed. more authoritarianism, more secrecy, and even less input from rank-and-file members on both sides of the aisle. as i say, we protested all this and have spoken out loudly against these abuses of the senate, but now the majority leader wants to go even further. he doesn't propose to simply abuse the rules; he wants to break the rules and is his own very public pledge to defend those rules at all costs. make no mistake, what the majority leader is proposing is a senate where
office, and he is a very distinguished economist. he was john mccain's economic adviser in the first campaign. he's now running the american action forum, and he's one of the best hawks out there on fiscal issues, but he does it kindly. [laughter] and we have -- and then we have steve case who i just heard how's, you know, steve, i wanted to give him the chairmanship of the jobs council, but he said jeff immelt has that, but not for long. [laughter] so jeff immelt of ge. steve case, one of the founders and chairmen of aol. he is the chairman of revolution, he's very tied up in trying to think about what are the sparks that drive innovation, creativity, how do you drive young people here. so, michael, you've now been involved with a major study, a u.s. competitiveness project at the harvard business school, engaged thousands of people, thousands of voices, surveys, discussions with hundreds of economic leaders, and you've come up with an eight-point plan of things you're advocating. i've gone through it and, you know, some of it makes a lot of sense to me. and i guess it would have ma
, and john mccain. what is going on here? it certainly looks to a layman that there is a desperate scramble to find a way to raise revenue in a cbo-scoreable way that would not be seen as violating the pledge. the question is, is the pledge losing its magic? >> i really take very strong exception to taking this poll seriously. because if you ask people, the vast majority of whom are not going to be subjected to this tax, and they are being told that somebody else will have to pay it -- and if you discover in the process that only 60% of the voters are in favor of that, i think it speaks for itself and speaks very well of the american people. if you have a public opinion poll where the voters would be asked how would you feel if we cut all of your taxes by half, and also give your children free tuition, except we would have to have a referendum on exiling barack obama from the united states, i would be interesting to hear the results of this vote. polls like that in my view should not be part of the serious conversation. everything else you said i completely agree with. [laughter] >> by cont
to what senator john mccain of arizona had to say followed by senator dick durbin of illinois. >> we can and must get an agreement. otherwise, i think, first of all, the markets are going to start reacting. >> unfortunately for the last ten days with the house and congress gone for the thanksgiving recess, there hasn't -- much progress hasn't been made, but tomorrow there's no excuse. we're back in town. >> reporter: so there you heard senator durbin say no more excuses, they're back in town, going to have to get back to work. certainly there is more pressure on lawmakers to get this done. the clock is ticking. some people believe that democrats and the president may feel that they have a little bit more leverage since the president was re-elected on a promise to raise taxes on the wealthy. i can tell you that the hope coming out of the meeting, the prior to thanksgiving meeting, we heard from senator reade saying they hope to meet with the president again. there's not a meeting on the president's schedule but that could certainly change. >> thank you very much. >>> a spectacular scene o
with senator john mccain. before the hamas/israel, flared up. susan rice, she said, initially, basically, her talking points she went on sunday shows with came from fbi and cia not the white house and state department. which kind of threw a little bit of water on some critics who were arguing that her initial response was somehow politically motivated to protect the president. >> and now she's saying she would love to discuss everything with john mccain personally. i fiend interesting. >> wouldn't you like to be a fly on the wall of that discussion. >> definitely. >>> now, to the stunning resignation of congressman jesse jackson jr. he is giving of his seat after 17 years in the house. jackson won re-election though in the mayo clinic at the time being treated for bipolar disorder. now, in his resignation letter, he said his deteriorating health is diminishing his ability to serve. jackson reportedly facing a federal investigation as well into possible misuse of campaign funds. >>> okay. if you are not already where you want to be to celebrate turkey day, now might be the time, the perfect ti
should tell you, with the acting director of the cia. listen to what john mccain said, one of the chief critics. listen to what he said after the meeting. >> we are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn't get concerning evidence that was overwhelming leading up to the attack on our consulate, the tragic deaths of four brave americans, and whether ambassador rice was prepared or informed sufficiently in order to give the american people a correct depiction of the events that took place. >> so the question is, why are they more troubled? what did she tell them that makes them so much more upset? i spoke to senator ayotte, she said when you are in a position of in her words, significant response as susan rice was, that she has a responsibility to ask more questions before she goes out and gives the public what we know are -- were misleading -- misleading information about what really happened in benghazi. that's the crux of the reason why these republican senators are more upset. i've been doing reporting sense this meeting and the source i spoke w
some way with the help of senator mccain and others on the republican side to return to the defense bill under the agreements that we've had on that -- tentative agreements that we have had on that before. that's up to senator levin and senator mccain to figure out a way forward on that. i'm willing to work with them in any way that is reasonable this late in the game. mr. mcconnell: mr. president? the presiding officer: the republican leader. mr. mcconnell: as most americans know by now, the next few weeks are clinton cally important in the life of our nation. unless -- are critically important in the life of our nation. unless the president leads and congress acts, a combination of tax hikes and spending cuts could go into effect that would have a devastating effect on our national defense and on an already painfully slow economy. what's more, the nation's finances are teetering on the edge and threatening even greater hardship for literally millions unless we bring federal spending into balance. the question is what are we going to do about all this? how do we face up to fiscal i
senator mccain on the talk shows this weekend backing up a little bit in terms of his opposition to her. number one. and number two, it is clear from everything she said since that statement and everything the administration said she was given talking points. she read them. she didn't have access to tell against and she put out what she was told to put out. i think it is important to recognize this president has a right to have the person he wants, not what the united states senate wants but who he wants representing this country and him in dealing with foreign affairs, i think susan rice is more than qualified, more than competent and i'm convinced she will nominate her and she will be easily confirmed because as, her role of just reading these talking points was not coming up with any intelligence assessment and i think that is certainly, i think the congress has a right to understand why she was given these talking points when facts may have been somewhat different but that shouldn't affect in any way her confirmation. megyn: dana milbank of "the washington post" had a piece last wee
. no amendments in committee, no amendments on the floor. the majority leader made this clear to john mccain in a remarkable moment of candor when he bragged of mack the amendment days are over. he preferred to write legislation in the confines of his conference room rather than in the public eye as he did most famously with the drafting of obamacare. i say to everyone if you want more legislation around here crafted that way, the way that bill was crafted, you ought to be pretty enthusiastic about what the majority leader's proposing because that is where this is headed. more authoritarianism, more secrecy and even less input from rank-and-file members on both sides of the aisle. as i say we have protested all this and spoken out loudly against these abuses of the senate but the majority leader wants to go even further. doesn't propose to simply abuse the rules but to break the rules and his own public pledge to defend those rules that all costs. make no mistake. what the majority leader is proposing is a senate where the only rule is his whim. the rest of us are bystanders including member
budget office and he is a very distinguished economists. economichn mccain's advisor and he is now running the american action forum. of his one of the best out there on fiscal issues but he does it kindly. and then we have steve. i wanted to give him chairmanship of the jobs council, but he said jeff immelt has that, but not for long. it is one of the founders and chairman of aol. he chairs the entrepreneurship counsel for the president. the interesting thing about the sparks for creativity. michael, you have been involved in a major study with the harvard business school. you're engaged thousands of people, thousands of voices coming discussions with hundreds of economic leaders and you have come up with an eight-point plan. i have gone through its and some of it makes a lot of sense to me. it would have made sense in the 1980's camera so it makes you think this is such a big deal now? >> we have had a chance to interact with the jobs council and we have a tremendous alignment. the striking things that we found is that we all agree on almost everything that really needs to be don
mccain, lindsey graham, and others on their meeting with you in ambassadors on the libyan attack that killed four americans. also dick durbin on fiscal cliff negotiations. political will host a discussion of the fiscal cliff with grow from norquist on c- span to add it o'clock a.m. eastern. i not o'clock a.m. eastern, tom foley and others look at lessons from the 1990 budget deal. the president of amtrak and a representative of the united transportation unit will speak about the operations aboutamtrak. >> washington went to harvard law school. at the urging of one of his brothers, he went to illinois. he of thrived after about eight months' journey by ship, state ge coach into a mining town. he boarded himself in a log cabin. he established a law practice. he worked his way up. he became a successful lawyer and got involved politically. he ran for congress and served eight terms. he befriended abraham lincoln from illinois and ulysses s. grant. as they were on the rise, washbourne was a close confidant during the civil war. after grant was elected president, he appointed washbour
, senator lindsey graham, and ranking member john mccain spoke to reporters. u.n. ambassador rice is expected to meet with more individual lawmakers later this book. their briefing with reporters is about 10 minutes. >> we have had a very candid discussion about dr. rice and deputy director of the c.i.a. where significantly troubled by many of the answers we got and some we didn't get. evidence that it's overwhelming leading up to the attack on our consulate, the tragic death of the brave americans, and whether ambassador rice was informed sufficiently in order to give the american people a correct depiction of the events that took place. it is clear that the information that she gave the american people was incorrect. what she said it was a spontaneous demonstration triggered by a hate grouple of it is not. there was clearly evidence at the time that was certainly not the case. including statements by libyans as well as other americans. people don't bring mortars and rocket propelled grenades to spontaneous demonstrations. >> i'm more disturbed now than i was before that the 16 s
since reagan. the party that's supposed to be against immigration nominated john mccain. so it's not only been where the party actually has been electing people, it's where its policies are. if you want free market economics you want talent and youth coming to this country. if you're a national security conservative, why is the united states going to run the world or be very important and powerful in the world in 100 years and japan isn't? because one, they forget to have kids and they don't do immigration. china, same thing. and europe the same thing. immigration is our competitive advantage against the rest of the world as an economic power, a military power. >> so what other wounds would you look at? >> that's one piece. i think we need to look at -- and our candidates. we ran a candidate, rahmny, who was a great guy much he's not what the 86% of obama's ads said about him. but how do you make the case of how rahmny would govern when he was governor of massachusetts for four years, pre-tea party. >> let's stipulate rahmny was a bad candidate. how would you get a better one?
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